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December 2020


Chairperson: Irina Svishchova, 717-424-5526  



(In the event of inclement weather, please contact the hike leader in advance of the meet time 
for information on any change in the activity or check our Facebook page for cancellation information.)

(Please make telephone calls before 9PM.)


Blue links below take you to a map page!  

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Fee for a hike is only if one Carpools.


Please volunteer to lead a hike or two for this 2020 year.

Inclement Weather: Please contact the hike leader or check our Facebook page for cancellation information.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6 - LONG HIKE (14 MILES): Out-and-back on the Appalachian Trail, hiking south from Boiling Springs to Whiskey Springs Road. First 1.5 miles is flat; then ups and downs. Shorter option (6 Miles) for medium distance hikers or bad weather conditions: turn around at Center Point Knob. Bring hiking boots, water, lunch, snacks.

Meeting Location: ATC MidAtlantic Regional Office, 4 E First St., Boiling Springs 
Departure Time: 9:00 AM
Hike Leader: Gwen Loose, 717-891-9967. No calls/texts after 9 PM 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12 - MEDIUM HIKE (9MILES): Annual Christmas in Harpers Ferry Hike! Moderate 9 miles on the AT going into Harpers Ferry and continuing to Maryland Heights overlook via the longer (and more strenuous) path. Those who wish to shop in HF may do so and others may return to the cars along the river trail. Options for dinner in HF or the Guide House Grille just outside HF on way home. Since there will not be an open house at the AT Headquarters this year, I will provide hot chocolate/cider at the end of hike. If in the spirit, please bring cookies or snacks to share. Bring boots, poles, lunch, water and holiday cheer! 

Meeting Location: Parking lot at Rt 340 and Shenandoah St, HF (after cross second bridge on 340, make immediate right onto Shenandoah and then right into parking lot). Parking lot fills quickly. This is where the hike will start and end. There is a $20.00 per car fee for parking in national park.
Departure Time: 9:15 AM
Hike Leader: Kim Shue, phone 717-688-5142 between 7-9 PM.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19 - MEDIUM HIKE (6 MILES): We will take a leisurely hike along Mason-Dixon trail from Long Level up a moderately challenging rock scramble (take your time and it's FUN) called 'Dragon Spine' from geocache site, then follow rolling woods path and dirt road to Cuff's Run to see waterfalls. Along the way, there are lookouts where if we get lucky can view an Eagle and other birds flying at eye level. There are a couple mild rocky areas to climb down and back at stream runs. We will rest at waterfalls, then return when all ready. Wear blaze orange or have bright colors on backpack in case we see hunters (probably not many in this hilly area along Susquehanna River). Bring plenty of water, lunch and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Come out and enjoy a great workout hike before Christmas feasting!

Meeting Location: Long Level parking lot at Bull Run Rd sign (across from Shanks Mare Outfitters store and next to playground) 
Departure Time: 8:00 AM 
Hike Leader: Janine Zell, 717-684-7891 (home) and on day of hike 717-992-2476 (cell)


Annual Dues: Kathy Yost (treasurer) will be available on November 22nd at our “Thanksgiving” lunch for those wishing to pay their dues. Dues levels are $12 hiker, $15 Trailblazer, $20 Pathfinder. Initiation fee $6.00. If this does not work for you, please mail your dues to Kathy Yost at 510 Mundis Mill Road, York, PA 17406. 

Logbooks: The club will not be mailing out the annual log book this year due to the cost of mailing the individual log books. The club will continue to mail log books to new club members. Members wishing to receive a logbook, please contact Julie Falsetti at or if you are coming to the Turkey Hike on November 22, let the Morley’s know and we will have yours available that day.


COVID-19 York Hiking Club Guidelines

1. Stay home if you, or anyone in your family, are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.
2. Optional but recommend is carrying a CDC-approved mask and alcohol-based hand sanitizer
3. Practice social distancing of 6 feet apart. Masks should be worn when social distancing is not possible (PA Universal Face Covering Order). Example is when passing people on a trail.
4. No more than 25 people in a group (PA Guidelines). (continued)
5. Carpooling will not be provided by York Hiking Club. If personally carpooling and not from the same household, then mask should be worn.
6. All club hikes will be loop or out-and-back hikes which do not need carpooling.


Newsletter Paper Subscriptions: Please send all newsletter requests (six months, nonrenewable) with a check for $5.00 made payable to “Membership Chairman: Linda Bean,” 1846 Marigold Road, York, PA 17408-1551 Telephone: 717-881-6651


New Email Address? Contact Bernie Frick ( ). This information is held by the club only and will be used to send club information and for inclusion in our yearly logbook. Thank you for your cooperation.


Please note change: hike leaders should send the sign-up sheet to the membership chairman, Linda Bean ( ) after the hike, and do not forget to send your Hike write-up for the Log Book to  Julie Falsetti ( ).”


Individuals who are willing to lead short hikes on Wednesdays area also wanted. If you would like to lead a Family Friendly hike on Saturday or Sunday please contact the monthly chairperson. A short hike is recommended. Contact David Lukes with any questions about leading hikes at

Thursday Weekly Trail Maintenance: Contact Jim Hooper for information for the current week 717-252-3784 or  

Card Committee: Linda Bean serves as the “card committee.” If you know of someone with a serious illness, having surgery, etc., please notify Linda at or 764-1091 and she will send them a card from the club. New Email Address? Contact Bernie Frick ( ) or Phyllis Morley ( ). This information is held by the club only and will be used to send club information and for inclusion in our yearly logbook. Thank you for your cooperation. 





Please volunteer to lead a hike or two for this year's schedule.

* "If there are no objections within 10 days" refers to things like almost getting a hike kicked out of a park.

A sheet is handed out to all New hikers at the parking lots before the hikes.


Our new place for meetings/events  is inside the York Township Recreation Building, directions as follows:

  From I-83 exit 16, take Queen St (PA-74) south for about 1 mile.  At Campbell Music, turn left onto Oak St.  Drive about a tenth of a mile and stop at the stop sign; do not turn right.  Drive straight ahead past the township building to the small building in the middle of the field.



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